Groundnut yields response and economic benefits of fungicide and phosphorus application in farmer-managed trials in northern Ghana

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dc.contributor.author Naab, J.B.
dc.contributor.author Seini, S.S.
dc.contributor.author Gyasi, K.O.
dc.contributor.author Mahama, G.Y.
dc.contributor.author Prasad, P. V. Vara
dc.contributor.author Boote, K.J.
dc.contributor.author Jones, J.W.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-07T15:02:18Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-07T15:02:18Z
dc.date.issued 2011-10-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/12210
dc.description.abstract Prior on-station research showed that sowing dates, sowing density and applications of fungicide and phosphorus (P) increased groundnut (Arachis hypogaea) pod yield by 60–80%. Farmer-managed trials were conducted in the Wa district of the Upper West Region of Ghana from 2004 to 2007 to test the yield response to sowing density, fungicide and P and to assess economic returns of these technologies to farmers. Treatments included: an early maturing groundnut cultivar, Chinese, sown at farmers’ density (5–8 plant m−2) without fungicide and without P application (T1, control), with fungicide sprays alone (T2), or with fungicide and P application (T3), cultivar Chinese sown at recommended (higher) density (20 plant m−2) with fungicide and P application (T4), and a full season cultivar, Manipinter, with fungicide and P application (T5). Soil fertility, sowing density, days from sowing to first weeding, incidence and severity of leaf-spot disease and plant population at final harvest were recorded. Relative to farmers’ practice, pod yield of cultivar Chinese was significantly increased by 80% with fungicide sprays alone, 108% with fungicide and P application, and 113% with fungicide and P application at higher sowing density. Cultivar Manipinter treated with fungicide and P gave 107% increase in pod yield relative to farmers’ practice. Correlation and stepwise regression analyses suggested that major determinants of groundnut pod yield in farmers’ fields were plant density, leaf-spot disease and P availability. The increase in yield with fungicide and P application translated into a 4–5-fold increase in gross margin for farmers in the region. Returns to labour and labour productivity were doubled with combined use of fungicide and P fertilizer. en_US
dc.relation.uri http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=EAG en_US
dc.rights Copyright Cambridge University Press 2009 en_US
dc.subject Arachis hypogaea en_US
dc.subject Fungicide application en_US
dc.subject Groundnut en_US
dc.subject Phosporus application en_US
dc.subject Ghana en_US
dc.title Groundnut yields response and economic benefits of fungicide and phosphorus application in farmer-managed trials in northern Ghana en_US
dc.type Article (publisher version) en_US
dc.date.published 2009 en_US
dc.citation.doi doi:10.1017/S0014479709990081 en_US
dc.citation.epage 399 en_US
dc.citation.issue 4 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Experimental Agriculture en_US
dc.citation.spage 385 en_US
dc.citation.volume 45 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid vara en_US

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